The much anticipated I-League will return to action after a winter break and the first fixture will see Neroca FC host Shillong Lajong in a north-eastern derby in Imphal on Friday.

The Neroca-Shillong game also marks the beginning of the second and most important half of the top flight football league, with both teams playing their 11th games, having completed the first round of 10 games in the 11-team league.

The winner of the I-League will emerge after the completion of the second round of 10 games for each team.

Neroca are looking a formidable unit now under the stewardship of Spanish coach Manuel Fraile and in particular after the return of key players like Katsumi Yusa, Singham Subhash Singh and Lalit Thapa as regulars in their starting eleven.

Australian Aryn Glen Williams has also stepped up his distribution and assist game and with strikers like Felix Chidi and defenders Eduardo, Varney Kallon and Ashok Singh in their ranks and in good form, it will be hard for the Shillong youngsters to stop them at home.

Manuel Fraile displayed cautious optimism in the pre-match press chat and said: “We must have focus because this team is now different. Now they are trying not to get relegated, take points. We are in very good momentum now. To be honest, we must get those three points, because our next game is against Mohun Bagan again.”

Shillong will try and take heart from their first leg performance where they went down 1-2 in a hard-fought clash. Buam scored a wonderful goal in that game and the likes of Sheen and captain Samuel Lalmuanpuia will look to replicate the smooth movement and build-up play they displayed in that game. (With IANS Inputs)

Here’s all you need to know about the Neroca FC vs Shillong Lajong match in the I-league:

ere will the Neroca FC vs Shillong Lajong match in the I-league 2018-19 season take place?
The match will take place at the in Nercoa FC’s home stadium in Imphal.

When will the Neroca FC vs Shillong Lajong  match in the I-league 2018-19 season take place?
The match will kick off at 2 PM IST on 4th January 2019.

Which channel will telecast Neroca FC vs Shillong Lajong  match in the I-league 2018-19 season in India?
Star sports network have the broadcasting rights for the I-league matches.

Where can I live stream the Neroca FC vs Shillong Lajong  match in the I-league 2018-19?
The match can be live streamed online on the Hotstar and Jio app.